Definition of clamshell
1 : the shell of a clam
2a : a bucket or grapple (as on a dredge) having two hinged jawsb : an excavating machine having a clamshellc : either of a pair of doors (as in an airplane tail) that open out and away from each otherd : a hinged container, case, or cover that opens like the shell of a clam
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Microsoft's first clamshell laptop is in many ways a clone of Apple's slim MacBooks, except there’s a fabric lining you’ll either love or hate.
The Surface Laptop sports a tapered clamshell design, slightly wider at the back than the front, with a 13.5-inch, 2256×1504 screen secured with a sturdy hinge.
The park also has 51 private cabanas that come with concierge service ($160 to $550 a day, depending on size, location and season) and pairs of reservable beach chairs ($30 to $70) that come with waiter service and clamshell shades.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1: The standard Dell XPS 13 clamshell laptop has always been popular with consumers and businesses.
The Surface Laptop’s clamshell design adds another form factor to Microsoft’s premium line of Surface products, all of which boast beautiful displays and unique features.
Microsoft's new Surface Laptop -- a conventional clamshell -- is aimed at Google’s education-centric Chromebook and a longstanding student favorite, the MacBook.
The new device is Microsoft’s first classic clamshell laptop, whereas previous versions converted from a tablet to a notebook.
The new device is Microsoft's first classic clamshell laptop, whereas previous versions converted from a tablet to a notebook.
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